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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

Greetings, Jeff. Far from 'belabouring the poster's issue' what my post (albeit unintentionally) opened up was a considered, intelligent and respectful discussion on what the concept of 'free speech' actually means. I think the manner in which this was conducted does nothing but shine a light on the fundamental decency of the majority of the people that are drawn to this forum. For myself, I don't consider free speech to be an absolute right in any way, instead I consider it a privilege that we, as civilised people, extend to one another, and that the granting of that privilege comes with a responsibility to use it wisely.

Onward indeed.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

Your well thought out and exceptionally well worded response here is a perfect example of what this place is at its best: a free exchange of information and ideas, done so in an unthreatening a way as possible.

That, or yet another example of a well-educated blowhard from the UK seeking attention through the regurgitation of fancy words comprised of more syllables than the average American can count.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

ONLY because you are THE wordsmith, is "civilised" the proper English spelling?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilized

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

Both civiliZed and civiliSed are acceptable spellings, though the Z spelling is the more commonly used. I'm just a card-carrying contrarian.

:-)

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Poster: rastamon Date: Dec 18, 2010 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

have you ever heard of the famous Word Man, Richard Lederer? http://wordsmith.org/chat/lederer.html

Every last friday of the month he fields question's concerning the English Language and phrases on a local AM Station, KSFO.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 18, 2010 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

Rasta - Richard Lederer is the father of Howard Lederer, the "Professor of Poker" and Annie Duke, the first woman to win the World Series of Poker. Spent many a (long-winded) evening in his company. BTW, Howard is a HUGE Deadhead and has Garcia canvasses in his home.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Oct 21, 2011 7:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

and he's in deep shit with the Feds...

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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Oct 21, 2011 6:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

And no one saw the irony in subjects of the crown discussing the first amendment....

http://www.history.com/news/2011/10/20/is-the-declaration-of-independence-illegal/

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 17, 2010 8:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...Good morningRob!

Some day, yrs from now, when we are troubled yet again, you can modify this fine thread, and clear the board, eh?

A pleasant thought to end my day; the most fun I've had on the Forum in a long spell.

Thanks for starting it; it went just as you described above.

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Poster: banditos33 Date: Dec 17, 2010 9:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...Good morningRob!

Yep. The part that i like most is that we can talk shit about someone else and they cant even defend themselves.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Dec 17, 2010 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's gone...

Well said Rob.
It was both spirited and respectful. Many different points of view were brought to light. I for one have seen much to make me pause and think. That is a great thing!!

Thank You one and all!!
This discussion to me is a perfect example of why we all love and are "passionate" about this place. Honest respectful discourse.

I'll check in with all of you again tomorrow!!
Good night my friends.